Lewis Hamilton reached a Formula 1 milestone on Sunday that was thought to be unreachable.
Hamilton’s win in the Eifel Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday at the Nurburgring in Germany was career victory No. 91, tying him with Michael Schumacher for the all-time record in the series.
The margin of victory was a comfortable 4.4 seconds over Max Verstappen.
After the race, Schumacher’s son Mick presented Hamilton with one of Michael Schumacher’s racing helmets.
“Seeing his dominance for so long, I don’t think anyone, especially me, imagined that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records.,” Hamilton said. “It’s certainly an incredible honor. It’s going to take some time to get used to this.”
Hamilton, who started second, took the lead when teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas locked up in Turn 1 on Lap 13 of the 60-lap race. Hamilton slipped past and never looked back.
The win was Hamilton’s 70th with Mercedes.
The race got interesting late as a Safety Car on lap 46 of the 60-lap race closed the gap. At the time of the Safety Car, Hamilton led Verstappen by 11 seconds and rest of the field by more than a minute. Hamilton, however, was never challenged after the Safety Car pulled off.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium, the first for Renault since 2011.
Here’s a look at all 91 of Hamilton’s record-tying 91 triumphs:
Lewis Hamilton, 22, drives his his Mercedes-powered McLaren to his first career win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 10, 2007.
Lewis Hamilton made it back-to-back wins with his win at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis on June 17, 2007.
Lewis Hamilton leads Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to the finish line at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary, on August 5, 2007.
On September 30, 2007, Lewis Hamilton notched the fourth victory of his rookie season in Formula 1. This one came at Fuji, Japan.
Lewis Hamilton, 23, opened the 2008 season with a victory at the F1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Lewis Hamilton checked the Monaco Grand Prix off his to-do list early in his career, winning the race for the first time on May 25, 2008.
Hamilton’s first Formula 1 win on home turf came in the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 6, 2008.
Hamilton followed up his British Grand Prix win with a victory the next time out in the F1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim on July 20, 2008.
Hamilton’s fifth and final win of 2008 came in Shanghai at the F1 Chinese Grand Prix on Oct. 19. The victory helped Hamilton capture his first Formula 1 championship.
The pace of victories slowed in 2009. Hamilton won his first of two races that season at Budapest, Hungary, on July 25.
In the season’s lone night race on a street course, Hamilton led 57 of 61 laps for his 11th career F1 victory on September 27.
Hamilton, right, is congratulated by Jenson Button after winning the Turkish Grand Prix on May 30.
Hamilton followed up his win in Istanbul with a victory in Montreal in the next race of the 2010 Formula 1 season on June 13.
Hamilton started second at Spa but took the lead on the first lap and led all 44 laps for his win at Spa-Francorchamps on August 29.
Hamilton’s 15th career victory and second triumph in China came in the third race of the 2011 season on April 17.
Hamilton won his second race of the 2011 season on July 24 at the Nurburgring. The 16 wins ties him with Sterling Moss on the sport’s all-time list.
Hamilton’s third and final win of the 2011 season came on November 14. He led 51 of 55 laps. Fernando Alonso was second, 8.4 seconds back. No one else was closer than 25 seconds from the lead at the end.
Hamilton scored a 2.5-second victory over Romain Grosjean in Montreal on June 10, 2012. It was his first win of 2012.
Hamilton’s 19th win and second of 2012 came from the pole on July 29. He led 61 of 69 laps and outran Kimi Raikkonen to the finish line by 1.03 second.
Hamilton ties Mika Hakkinen on the all-time list with win No. 20. This one came on Sept. 9 and was another easy won. He led Sergio Perez across the line by 4.3 seconds. No one else was within 20 seconds of the leader.
Hamilton wins in his first trip to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. He beat Sebastian Vettel, left, to the line by a scant 0.675 second. Fernando Alonso was third, 39.2 seconds back.
Hamilton scores his first win for his new team at Mercedes in Hungary on July 28, 2013. It came in his 10th race with the team and proved to be lone win of that season.
After starting the season with an early exit due to engine issues in Australia, Hamilton won the next time out, March 30 in Malaysia. Hamilton started on the pole, led every lap, and won by 17 seconds over teammate Nico Rosberg. The win ties Nelson Piquet on the all-time list.
Hamilton makes it back-to-back wins with a victory in Bahrain that ties Juan Manuel Fangio on the all-time list. It was also the second consecutive win that saw teammate Nico Rosberg finish second.
Hamilton tied Niki Lauda and Jim Clark with his 25th career Formula 1 win on April 20, 2014. The victory was a third straight for Hamilton and a third straight over runner-up and teammate Nico Rosberg. This time, the margin of victory was a comfortable 18 seconds.
The seemingly unstoppable Hamilton makes if four consecutive wins with his victory in Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, on May 11, 2014. Teammate Rosberg was second, 0.636 second back.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 6 marked Hamilton’s fifth victory of 2014. The win tied him with Jackie Stewart on the all-time wins list and resulted in one of the biggest margins of victory in Hamilton’s career—30.1 seconds over Williams’ driver (and future teammate) Valtteri Bottas.
This one at Monza, Hamilton’s sixth win of 2014, was at least close as Mercedes teammate and race runner-up Nico Rosberg was just 3.17 seconds off the pace at the checkered flag. Felipe Massa was third, 25 seconds back.
Lewis Hamilton’s seventh win of 2014 came in Singapore, where he outlasted Red Bull pair Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Vettel finished second, 13.5 seconds back.
Hamilton’s Oct. 5 win at Suzuka was his third win in a row and eighth win of 2014. This one was marred, however, by the tragic crash of Marussa driver Jules Bianchi in wet conditions. Bianchi remained in a coma and died from his injuries the following July.
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